Congress and The President in Times of War
How do United States Presidents fare with Congress during war? GSU’s Dr. Susanne Schorpp and Dr. Charles Finocchiaro of the University of Oklahoma answer this question in a recent United States Politics and Policy Blog post. Based on the paper, “Congress and the President in Times of War” in American Politics Research, the authors delve into the idea that wars can strengthen presidents’ policy gains and public approval. The caveat of this approval, however, is present when the human cost of war is low. As casualties rise, public support shifts, causing members of Congress to ultimately oppose the president.